Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for The Mothers by Sarah J Naughton. This is released on the 9th of January published by Trapeze Books.
The Mothers by Sarah J Naughton
Release Date: 9th of January
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 288 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.
Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?
One Missing Husband.
Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.
And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.
The seven lines used for the blurb of this story instantly had me intrigued and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into reading this. In this case, less is more in describing what The Mothers is all about. Right from the get go I was completely immersed in this story and I was so invested into each of these women’s lives, that it had me racing through the pages to see how it was all going to unfold. Chock full of mystery and suspense with twists and turns aplenty, The Mothers is a great read to lose yourself in and is one book that will have you reading well into the night.
Sarah has created a gripping plot that could easily be transferred to the big screen. It is addictive and a well thought through story that had me completely hooked and did not let me go until the final page. Told through dual timelines between the past and the present, we are given a great insight into each of the women, of their lives, their friendships with each other, secrets they hold that threaten to come to the surface as well as a mystery to solve when one of their husbands goes missing. As I mentioned above less is more with The Mothers, so I won’t go into any further detail on the plot.
Sarah has done a great job with the five women in this story and they have all been brought to life beautifully, with each one jumping from the page as if the story was unfolding right before my eyes. They are all very believable, well developed and are very unique in their own ways. There really wasn’t one of them that stood out for me above the other and although they didn’t share a lot in common, with some not at all, Sarah was able to convince me through great writing that they all worked well together. The secondary characters in the story have also been well developed and all play their parts extremely well.
I enjoyed the ease of Sarah’s writing, which is very fluid in its approach. While at times I felt that the story did move at a slower pace, this did not hinder my enjoyment of the book and I liked how Sarah took her time with it, giving each of the characters their time in the spotlight, while still keeping me engaged. It can sometimes be overwhelming having so many characters to focus on, which in this story aside from the five women also includes two detectives, a missing husband and some other minor characters, but Sarah does a great job in making sure that everything is very clear and there is never any confusion where each one fits in and what role that they play.
In terms of cons to the story, I only have one teeny tiny criticism with the character of Iona. As a gay detective, I just felt there was a little bit too much focus on her sexuality, rather than solving the mystery of the disappearance of one of the ladies husband. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that she was gay as you don’t read many stories where a lead detective is and we need more diversity, but as she is such a strong character who is able to hold her own throughout the story, I just thought that the continued focus on this wasn’t needed.
The Mothers is the first book I have read from Sarah and it has been a great introduction to her work for me. Now on my radar, I look forward to more books from her in the future. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review The Mothers which I throughly recommend.
Note to Sarah
This review will be added to Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Mix, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Waterstones. As I am from Australia unfortunately I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
The Mothers Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Sarah
Sarah worked as an advertising copywriter for ten years before her first book was published in 2013. A supernatural thriller for teens, The Hanged Man Rises was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards.
A second thriller for teens, The Blood List came out the following year, after which Sarah moved onto psychological thrillers for adults. Tattletale was followed by Amazon bestseller, The Other Couple, and The Mothers is due out in 2020. She also writes ghost stories.
Sarah lives in London with her husband and two sons.
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Blog Tour Organiser
Thank-you to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for my spot on The Mothers Blog Tour and for arranging my free copy of the ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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